Oral health has major impact on children physically and psychologically. It can have impact on growth, enjoying life, appearance, how children speak, chew, taste food and socialize, as well as their feelings of social well-being .
Dental health problems affect children, which impacts their performance as students, lowers self-esteem, and slowing their personal development. Failure to prevent dental diseases has a large effect on school attendance.
Oral health affects children in many ways and has great effect on their education, everyday activities, making friends and interacting with others.
Social interactions and relationships can be influenced by appearance. From children having severe tooth decay, gum diseases etc causes other children to interact differently. They find it hard to talk and make friends because of the appearance of their mouths. Some children are scared of others because of how their teeth look. Appearance of children’s teeth affect their social interactions and relationships.
Encouragement from parents, caregivers, teachers, adults, brothers, sisters and children themselves have great influence on oral health. If everyone starts to encourage and help others around them that taking care of your teeth and encourage big white smiles children of all ages will benefit.
This little man Brandon is 2 years old and even doing his part to help increase oral health for children. He helps to remind his family to brush their teeth and encourages his younger sister who is only 1 year old.
He is the new face of the starship hospital project and is helping to get all children involved and excited about brushing teeth and looking after their smile. If Brandon can do it then you can too!!!
Brandon Ieremia is the first Starship patient to get a free toothbrush http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10507252
There are even great Songs Rhymes and stories to help encourage brushing teeth. And not to mention the tooth fairy who supports children to keep your teeth looking beautiful, clean and a great looking smile. Remember your teeth last a life time so you want them looking good.